L'ODYSSÉE D'UN ROI
L’ODYSSÉE D’UN ROI is a bespoke tribute to the LOUIS XIII mythical journeys through the ages, in a collective act of creation uniting LOUIS XIII with three prestigious French luxury houses: HERMÈS, SAINT-LOUIS and PUIFORCAT.
More than 50 individual artisans have devoted over 1,000 hours per piece to produce the three bespoke masterpieces of L'ODYSSÉE D'UN ROI. Each is unique and will be presented at exclusive events in culture capitals on different continents as part of a yearlong travelling exhibition.
THE FILM FOUNDATION
With the support of Sotheby’s, each work of art created for L'ODYSSÉE D'UN ROI will be auctioned with proceeds benefiting THE FILM FOUNDATION, a non- profit organization founded by Martin Scorsese and several other leading filmmakers to preserve and restore classic films, ensuring their survival for future generations.Discover
The bespoke trunk created for L'ODYSSÉE D'UN ROI was hand-stitched by HERMÈS using the finest leathers. Modelled on a classic steamer trunk, it evokes a bygone era of luxury travel. The design of the interior was created for a very precise function, which is to luxuriously house a unique magnum decanter of LOUIS XIII.
The white gold pipette of L'ODYSSÉE D'UN ROI was forged by hand by the Art Deco silversmith PUIFORCAT for the ritual of service, using a centuries-old method. The craftsmen shaped, planished, stamped and engraved each of the three pipettes.
The special L'ODYSSÉE D'UN ROI crystal decanter and its elegant matching serving glasses were mouth-blown, cut and engraved entirely by hand at the royal cristallerie SAINT-LOUIS. The ancient, painstaking technique of copper-wheel engraving has given these crystal works their regal profile.
"The unique collaboration between LOUIS XIII, HERMÈS, PUIFORCAT and SAINT-LOUIS had to be represented by an exceptional blend, an assemblage of eaux-de-vie from Grande champagne that are as rare as they are precious.", says Baptiste Loiseau of the very special blend he crafted together with former Cellar Master Pierrette Trichet for L'ODYSSÉE D'UN ROI.
TRACING THE LEGEND
Since its earliest days, demand for LOUIS XIII spanned the globe. But international commerce in the 19th and early 20th centuries moved at a slower pace. Some of the original shipping documents have been meticulously preserved to testify to some of the earliest interest in LOUIS XIII from a wide and diverse network of connoisseurs.Discover
THE VOYAGE BEGINS
This is a story of adventure and discovery that begins on a 16th-century battlefield in rural France but will touch every corner of the globe. Some of the characters are legends, others lost to history. Kings and diplomats, entrepreneurs and eccentrics — a diverse group that shares only the most discriminating of tastes.Discover